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Article 123
(ex Article 101 TEC)
  1. Overdraft facilities or any other type of credit facility with the European Central Bank or with the central banks of the Member States (hereinafter referred to as "national central banks") in favour of Union institutions, bodies, offices or agencies, central governments, regional, local or other public authorities, other bodies governed by public law, or public undertakings of Member States shall be prohibited, as shall the purchase directly from them by the European Central Bank or national central banks of debt instruments.

  2. Paragraph 1 shall not apply to publicly owned credit institutions which, in the context of the supply of reserves by central banks, shall be given the same treatment by national central banks and the European Central Bank as private credit institutions.
Okay, so the ECB can intervene in the secondary market to prevent price speculation on Euro sovereign debt.

What the ECB cannot do is fund a public debt issue, and that makes some sense from certain ideological perspectives.

En un viejo país ineficiente, algo así como España entre dos guerras civiles, poseer una casa y poca hacienda y memoria ninguna. -- Gil de Biedma

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Feb 12th, 2010 at 10:42:42 AM EST
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(source: consolidated EU treaties, PDF)

En un viejo país ineficiente, algo así como España entre dos guerras civiles, poseer una casa y poca hacienda y memoria ninguna. -- Gil de Biedma
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Feb 12th, 2010 at 10:43:37 AM EST
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I scanned that too quickly, just read "overdraft".
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Feb 12th, 2010 at 10:55:51 AM EST
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What the ECB cannot do is fund a public debt issue, and that makes some sense from certain ideological perspectives.

Because by having passed through the bid-ask spread of a major investment bank, it is suddenly converted from a loan into a monetary instrument?

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Fri Feb 12th, 2010 at 11:15:56 AM EST
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Ideological blinders...

En un viejo país ineficiente, algo así como España entre dos guerras civiles, poseer una casa y poca hacienda y memoria ninguna. -- Gil de Biedma
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Feb 12th, 2010 at 11:22:10 AM EST
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